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Dinosaur Fossils Found in Antarctica

Dinosaur Fossils Found in Antarctica

Friday, 19 April, 2019 - 05:30
Visitors look at a 67 million year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur in Paris. (Reuters)
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In an Antarctic expedition, researchers have discovered a fossilized dinosaur footprint approximately 200 million years old.

It is about the hand-sized trace of an animal from the group of archosaurs, said the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hanover.

According to the German news agency, the researchers found the trail finder in January 2016 in the Helliwell Hills in northern Victoria Land, but their findings were recently published in the journal "Polar Research".

BGR expedition leader Andreas Läufer revealed that dinosaur bones were already discovered in the southern Viktorialand, in the north, however, not even a tooth.

"That was something we had not expected at all," he said.

In addition, scientists found fossilized remnants of forests around 1700 kilometers from the South Pole.

"This is an indication that Antarctica was not the icy continent, as we know it today, about 200 million years ago," said Räufer.

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